Author: Tamara Zayachkowski

Review: Lego Batman

Lego Batman is a fun and interesting new take on a classic character. Batman is portrayed in this film as an egomaniacal brat who is, nonetheless, as  competent as he is spoiled and selfish.  He is an awesome crimefighter, but unlike other incarnations, he has no family apart from Alfred, his butler. In fact, the plot of the film hinges on the fact that he is afraid to form relationships that he could  lose in the same way that he lost his parents. The crux of the plot is him learning to rely on and connect with others, such as his adopted son, Dick Grayson, and the new Commissioner, Barbara Gordon.  Here, Batman is also a lot more disrespectful to his cohorts, especially demeaning to Alfred and treating him as a simple servant who does not know how to raise a child—despite having raised him. Batman manipulates his adopted son into risking his life for him. Despite all this, Will Arnett’s Batman is still a hugely entertaining character. With his hammy beatboxing and, even with his dark broodiness, the character provides many homages to the 1960’s Adam West Batman, with fighting punctuated with sounds of “pow” and “biff!” He has the same energy and uber-confidence as Adam West, and the character of Dick Grayson most resembles his Robin in terms of devotion to Batman and geeky enthusiasm. However, he does grow in character, becoming more concerned with allies and more aware that he actually needs them. The point of this film was for Batman to overcome his fear of losing people, enough to allow them to be in his life, and to begin to relate to them. Doing so while still being egotistical and brooding. He does not lose his key characteristics as Batman, yet manages to adopt levity at the...

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Mini Review: Soulpepper’s revival of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol

Michael Shamata’s adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, put on at Soulpepper Theatre, was a heartwarming testimony to the power of human redemption and compassion, even in a person as hostile and bitter as Ebeneezer Scrooge. Joseph Ziegler offered a nuanced, brilliant performance as Ebeneezer Scrooge—showcasing Scrooge’s contempt and coldness, while also portraying his transformation into a warmhearted man. Ziegler also gives some humor to his interpretation of Scrooge, especially during one memorable scene, when he witnesses the Cratchit family gathering together for Christmas dinner. The endearing nature of that scene was wonderfully executed by the loveable Mr. Bob Cratchit, played with youthful optimism and sympathy by Jordan Pettle. Mr. Cratchit’s sweetness and devotion to his family was clearly a part of what won Mr. Scrooge over when observing the Cratchit family. What made this show so compelling was Zeigler’s performance. He perfectly personified the miserly Scrooge as he transforms into a benevolent and generous new person, encompassing what Christmas is all about—generosity of...

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Review: Trojan Barbie by the Victoria College Drama Society

VCDS’s production of Trojan Barbie, which was written by Christine Evans and directed by Veronika Gribanova, is a modernized take on Euripides’ Trojan Women. It is told from the perspective of prominent female characters in the classical epic, The Iliad, and Trojan Barbie addresses the horror and trauma brought upon these women in times of war. Overall, the production was well executed. However, the combination of the two time periods of modern-day and ancient Troy made the timeline of events difficult to follow.  The play would have succeeded if it focused primarily on the female characters from ancient Troy as...

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